Grades: 3rd – 5th Grade, 6th – 8th Grade
Grade Levels: 2 to 5 and 5 to 8
Join STEM Educator Jackie Blumer as she demonstrates some easy but powerful STEM activities kids can do at home or class. The first half of the program targets elementary age children as they experiment with a Rainbow Density Tower. The program’s second half focuses on middle school students as they engage in a Catapult Engineering Challenge.
Part 1: Rainbow Density Tower–Ever wonder why oil floats on top of water? Let’s build a Rainbow Density Tower and find out.In this lesson, students will learn about density using a few simple ingredients found in your home. If you want to spice things up a bit an extension of this lesson is a homemade lava lamp. Ingredients lists for all activities are included in Teacher Tool 762 below.
Part 2: Catapult Engineering Challenge–Want a fun and exciting way to learn about engineering? Give your children a few supplies and task them with coming up with a Catapult that can shoot the farthest, or challenge them with hitting a target. During this activity, students will learn about the engineering design process, easy math connections, and have a ton of hands-on fun! An ingredients list for items needed in the challenge is provided in Teacher Tool 763 below.
Guest Expert: Jackie Blumer, 6th and 7th Grade Science Teacher and STL STEM Chair for American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Meet Jackie and learn about a cool STEM activity related to space exploration in another Educate.Today video: “Full STEAM Ahead with the Moon Landing Challenge.”